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Zimbabwe – I Will Shut Down My Church If My Followers Don’t Help Me With Legal Bills – Prophet Mboro

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Controversial Prophet Paseka Motsoeneng, who is popularly known as Prophet Mboro, has vowed to shut down his church if his followers don’t help him with legal bills to sue the CRL Rights Commission.

On Tuesday, the commission released its report into the commercialisation of religion and abuse of people’s belief systems. It has found that a number of religious practitioners were unregistered, used cult-like practices and flouted banking rules.

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However, Prophet Mboro has threatened to shut down his church if his followers don’t help him with legal costs.

“If they’re going to need my service they must stand up and tell the world, who I am. All women and children, who didn’t have children, they have children today. Their growths, their cysts, they are gone. If ever those people are not on my list, I’m going on strike.”

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The commission released its report into the commercialisation of religion and abuse of people’s belief systems this week, which recommended that all religious leaders be registered or face prosecution.

Prophet Mboro says that religious leaders cannot be regulated by people who don’t understand their mandate from God.

He has also threatened to stop helping those in need if his supporters don’t assist him with the lawsuit.

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“I’ve given my people nine weeks starting from 16 July. I’ll be focusing on people who’ll help me, who care about me and will assist me with this legal battle as I give them service, who need my service. They must register and walk with me.”

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Schools Resume Following Cholera Outbreak in Malawi

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Schools in Malawi’s two largest cities, Lilongwe and Blantyre, have reopened after a two-week suspension caused by a cholera outbreak. The bacterial illness has killed close to 800 people, more than 100 of them children, and affected more than 25,000.

Malawi’s government announced measures to prevent cholera from spreading in schools, including fixing broken boreholes and water taps in the schools and banning the sale of cooked food around school premises. Additionally, the U.N.’s children’s agency, UNICEF, has started distributing anti-cholera supplies in schools in areas most affected by the outbreak.

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However, despite these measures, the government has warned that they may close the schools again if the outbreak spreads among students at an unmanageable level. This news has caused visible excitement among students when schools reopened Tuesday in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Many students were worried about the closure’s impact on their ability to pass national examinations this year. Ronnie Lutepo, a student at Michiru View secondary school in Blantyre, said returning to the school was the best thing he hoped for. “Yes, as I was at home my mum was telling me to study, but being in an examination class affected me badly,” he said. “We are all supposed to be here and ready for the exams and if we are not ready, we are not going to get good grades.”

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The reopening of the schools is an important step in preventing the further spread of cholera. However, it is crucial for the government and schools to continue to take necessary precautions to protect the students and staff from this deadly disease.

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SADC Condemns Mozambique Troops Burning Dead Terrorists

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The Namibian head of state, Hage Geingob, who is also the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security regarding the SADC Mission in Mozambique, has condemned the acts of violence shown in a video circulated on social media. The footage, apparently filmed on November 29, 2022, shows soldiers, wearing as-yet unidentified defence force uniforms, burning the bodies of dead individuals in Nkonga village, located in the Nangade district of Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.

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Geingob has called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the video, saying that he does not condone such acts of extremist violence. He has also stated that the results of the investigation will be shared with the public once completed. The South African National Defence Force has also launched an investigation into the matter.

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The incident appears to have taken place near Nkonga village, where a regional force called SAMIM and Rwandan troops have been fighting insurgents affiliated with the Islamic State since July 2021. The conflict in Mozambique began in the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado in 2017, with militant attacks that have forced close to a million people to become internally displaced. This province is rich in natural gas reserves and is host to an estimated $60 billion worth of international investment in gas projects.

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South African politicians and business leaders demand government action to end power cuts

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Illustrative image: Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images). Electrical transmission pylons silhouetted at sunrise in Saulsville township, Pretoria. (Photo: Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A group of South African politicians and business people have instructed a legal team made up of seven law firms to demand that the government put an end to the country’s power cuts, or provide an explanation as to why it cannot be done. The group is also calling for fair compensation for the damage caused by the rolling blackouts and for the government to be transparent about South Africa’s energy crisis.

The legal letter has been sent to Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and Eskom CEO André de Ruyter, and the South African government and Eskom have until the end of the week to respond. Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha stated that he would check to see if the legal department had received the letter, but also mentioned that Eskom had cancelled a media briefing scheduled for Monday afternoon due to a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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The electricity crisis in South Africa has reached a critical point, with Stage 6 load shedding being implemented on January 11th, and Eskom announcing that they would reduce it to stages 4 and 5 from January 14th. However, this has not been enough to alleviate the problem, and the situation remains dire for the country.

The power cuts have had a devastating impact on the country’s economy and its citizens, with businesses shutting down, jobs being lost and daily life being disrupted. The legal team representing the politicians and business people argue that the government has a responsibility to ensure that the country’s power supply is reliable and that citizens are not being subjected to such hardship.

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President Ramaphosa has cancelled his plans to attend the World Economic Forum’s meeting in Davos, and has remained in the country to deal with the electricity crisis. It remains to be seen what actions will be taken by the government and Eskom in response to the legal letter and the demands made by the group.

Meanwhile, some Africans have reacted to the situation on twitter;

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Pastor Arrested For Impregnating His 14 Years Old Niece

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Police in Petauke are holding a 32-year-old Baptist Church pastor for allegedly defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old niece.

Eastern Province police commissioner Alex Chilufya said the pastor, Masautso Mwanza, is said to have committed the offence in June this year.

“Petauke police are holding a pastor named Masautso Mwanza, aged 32, of Baptist Church, in the case of defilement of a minor, whereby he defiled and impregnated his niece, aged 14yrs, of the same abode. This occurred in June 2017 in Petauke. The suspect is in police custody helping with investigations,” Chilufya said.

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And Chilufya said a 10-year-old girl drowned in Lunkuswe river in Chipata.

“This matter was reported by Thomas Njobvu of Chaola farms, chief Chikuwe in Chipata district that his daughter Falace Njobvu aged 10 of the same abode drowned and died in Lunkuswe river in Mbenjere area near Eastern Girls Secondary school. This occurred on 22 September 2017 at 10:30 hours at Lunkuswe River in Mbenjere,” he said.

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Chilufya said the body was retrieved by Fire Brigade and inspected by the police and it had no injuries.

He also said a seven-year-old boy drowned in Mambwe while swimming with friends.

“Mambwe drowning incident; reported by Patrick Zimba aged 47 of village Chipumba, chief Jumbe, Mambwe, a peasant farmer, that his grandson Dalitso Phiri aged 7 of same abode drowned in Lutembwe stream whilst swimming together with his friends. The body was retrieved and no foul play suspected. This occurred on 22 September 2017 at around 15:30 hours in Lutembwe Stream,” said Chilufya.

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Four Men Rape A 15 Years Old Girl

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Police in Solwezi have opened a docket for a case in which four men allegedly took turns defiling a 15-year-old girl of Mangrade area.

North Western Police Commissioner Auxensio Daka disclosed in a statement yesterday that that the incident happened on Tuesday between 16:00 and 18:00 hours near Solwezi Trades School when the victim used a short cut on her way home.

Daka said the girl’s mother reported the matter to police after she complained of general body and vaginal pains.

“The victim was complaining of general body pains and pains also on her genitals and birth canal. When the incident happened, the victim with several other children were following a Mascurate (Likishi) and as she was returning home, she decided to take a short cut alone and that’s how she met her fate. The victim is able to identify the suspects as the incident happened during broad day light. She was issued with a medical report form to enable her access examination and treatment,” Daka stated.

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Daka said the police had opened a docket into the matter despite no arrest had been made so far.

Meanwhile Daka said a 22-year-old man of Rentals Compound in Kabompo district has been arrested for unlawfully wearing an official police uniform.

“The incident happened after the suspects’ friend who is a tailor left him in the shop as he went out to buy cotton and whilst gone, the suspect picked a police uniform which had been brought for adjustment and started taking photos in it which he later posted on social media platforms,” he stated.

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He identified the suspect as Muhanga Leyani.

“Kabompo police last night picked M/ Muhanga Leyani aged 22 years of Rentals Compound in Kabompo Village Sahono in Chief Sikufele, in Kabompo district for the offense of unauthorized wearing of official uniform Contrary to Section 183 (3) Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.

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The incident occurred on Tuesday at around 18:00hrs at Kabompo market, after his friend who is a tailor left him in the shop as he went out to buy cotton and in the process the suspect accessed and put on the Police uniform combat shirt which was left with him for adjustment and had photos which he then posted on Facebook and are now in circulation. Upon interview he admitted having worn the uniform as police is his dream career,” said Daka

Via News Diggers!

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Zimbabwe – Controversial Dancer Zadwa Wabantu Banned From Performing In Zim

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Controversial dancer and Durban socialite Zodwa WaBantu will not be allowed to perform at the Harare International Carnival next week, said the Zimbabwe Censorship Board on Friday.

The Herald in Zimbabwe reports that Censorship Board chairperson and former cabinet minister Aeneas Chigwedere said Zodwa’s act had “immoral overtones” and they needed to protect the youth and the community at large.

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Yesterday, Zodwa told TshisaLive that she was ready for her trip to the neighbouring country.

“I am ready for my trip to Zimbabwe, as you’ve seen, I’ve even posted my gigs on social media. I’ll perform at the private club on the September 8 and at the carnival on September 9. I’ll be traveling by myself because I don’t need a glam squad or anything like that and I am looking forward to it.”

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She may have to pack her clothes back to her closet, as the country’s censorship board said she could not perform.

“I have reserved my comment on this matter, but I might as well make it now. There is no doubt that her appearance is a travesty to our culture. We are told that she will not be wearing a panty. It has some serious immoral overtones. We will not expose our youths to such behaviour,” said Chigwedere.

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Zimbabwe Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo said government supported the move by the board.

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Ibo Fortress In Mozambique Gets A Make-Over To Boost Tourism

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The rehabilitation of the São João Baptista Fortress in the Ibo Island district, part of the government’s efforts to boost tourism in this part of Cabo Delgado province, will be completed next year.

The announcement was made by Cabo Delgado Celmira da Silva during her presentation of the 2018 Economic and Social Plan and budget to the provincial assembly a few days ago.

The idea is to transform the Fort of São João Baptista do Ibo into a tourist attraction and open up the space for other community and commercial activities.

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The government started efforts to finance the rehabilitation works with cooperation partners last year, with the Provincial Directorate of Education and Human Development taking the lead.

Built in 1781 and last restored in 1953, the Fort of São João Baptista do Ibo is the second largest fortification of Mozambique. Star-shaped and located next to the sea, the fortress has interior buildings able to house about 300 men and a chapel, as well as 15 iron cannon.

In addition to the São João Baptista fort, Ibo also has the 1760 Fortim de São José, which it replaced, and the 1847 Santo António do Ibo fort that once defended the local port.

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Ibo was elevated to the category of village in 1761 after the detaching of the province of Mozambique from the Portuguese State of India in 1752, thus becoming the first capital of Cabo Delgado.

 

Its government was installed in 1763, and comprised a municipal council and court.

Ibo saw its economic apogee at the time of the slave trade, whose abolition spelt a slow economic decline that was consummated, politically, with the transfer of the last divisions of the administration of Cabo Delgado to Pemba (then called Port Amelia) in 1929.

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Super-Talented Zimbabwean Inventor, Sangulani Chikumbutso Showcases His Inventions

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A Zimbabwean inventor is showcasing various  technologies and solutions that are putting Africa on the global technological map. All over Africa, a lot of talented and creative people abound and are not afraid to showcase their wonderful innovations. A Zimbabwean man identified as Sangulani Chikumbutso, has made several inventions, including a hybrid helicopter, a drone and an electric car. He made these inventions through his company, Saith Technologies. In 2015, Chikumbutso, who dropped out of school at Form 2 level, showcased several of his prototypes. Check the photos out below.

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South Africa – Jubilation As Jacob Zuma Survives Vote Of No – Confidence

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Zuma survives, vote of no confidence

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, has narrowly survived a motion of no confidence against him in parliament, the most serious attempt yet to unseat him after months of growing anger over allegations of corruption and a sinking economy.

It was the sixth such vote of his increasingly beleaguered presidency, but the first involving a secret ballot, with a broad coalition of opposition parties and renegade MPs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) falling just short of the simple majority needed to force Zuma and his cabinet to resign immediately.

The ballot counting was accompanied by scenes of singing and dancing on both sides of the assembly, as rival parties sought to project confidence. “We taught you this song, and you don’t even sing it properly,” jeered the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, dressed in signature red overalls, addressing his ANC counterparts.

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, has narrowly survived a motion of no confidence against him in parliament, the most serious attempt yet to unseat him after months of growing anger over allegations of corruption and a sinking economy.

It was the sixth such vote of his increasingly beleaguered presidency, but the first involving a secret ballot, with a broad coalition of opposition parties and renegade MPs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) falling just short of the simple majority needed to force Zuma and his cabinet to resign immediately.

The ballot counting was accompanied by scenes of singing and dancing on both sides of the assembly, as rival parties sought to project confidence. “We taught you this song, and you don’t even sing it properly,” jeered the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, dressed in signature red overalls, addressing his ANC counterparts.

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Baleka Mbete, the National Assembly’s speaker, announced the result: 198 MPs voted against, compared with 177 in favour. There were nine abstentions. “Therefore the motion of no confidence in the president is accordingly negative,” declared Mbete.

ANC MPs in parliament whooped and danced at the news.

An upbeat President Zuma arrived at the parliamentary precinct about an hour after the result was announced. “I’ve just come to say thank you to all of you. Those comrades who are in parliament needed the support from the membership. You came in your numbers to demonstrate that the ANC is there, is powerful, is big. It is difficult to defeat the ANC, but you can try,” he said.

He then gave a rendition of Yinde Lendlela, his signature tune. The title translates from Zulu as “It’s a Long Road”, and the implication is clear: his journey is not over yet.

In the hours before Tuesday’s vote, a series of coordinated protests across South Africa demanded Zuma’s removal. A petition signed by more than a million people was delivered to the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is seen as Zuma’s main rival.

Pro-Zuma supporters celebrate after the vote of no confidence against the president was defeated.
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Zuma, 75, has never been far from scandal since he became president in 2009. Another major criticism raised during the parliamentary debate included allegations that he had allowed the state to be “captured” by the Guptas, an Indian business family that has been at the centre of a string of media exposés about graft in government and state-owned enterprises.

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The no-confidence motion was brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA), the largest opposition party, in response a cabinet reshuffle in March, in which Zuma sacked the popular finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The president was playing “Russian roulette” with the economy, according to the DA leader, Mmusi Maimane.

“I never imagined that one day I would be here in this parliament fighting a new form of oppression,” Maimane said during the debate on the motion. “A corrupt system that keeps our people imprisoned in poverty. If you told me that one day our democratically elected president would end up corrupted and captured by a criminal syndicate, I would have never believed you. But here we are.”

In response, ANC MPs argued that the party remained united behind Zuma, and had set up internal processes to deal with accusations of corruption and poor governance. The no-confidence motion was dismissed repeatedly as an attempted power grab by the opposition.

“[The opposition] are using the constitution so as to collapse government, deter service delivery and sow the seeds of chaos in society so as to ultimately grab power … Shame on you!” said Doris Dlakude, the ANC’s deputy chief whip.

Although Zuma has survived this battle, he is still fighting for his political future. His term as president expires in 2019 and under the South African constitution he cannot run again.

More immediately, his term as president of the ANC expires in 2017. He is lobbying hard to install the former African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is his ex-wife, as his successor. Opponents within the party are largely rallying behind Ramaphosa, although there are other names in the mix.

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Despite the parliamentary defeat, Maimane hailed the close vote as a victory for the opposition DA. “Today’s motion of no confidence result is closer than anyone expected. The result reveals an ANC that is totally divided against itself. Jacob Zuma has survived, but he has nothing to celebrate tonight. He is mortally wounded and his party is in tatters. Tonight’s result, despite the slender victory, signals the death of the ANC,” he said in a statement.

But outside parliament, where hundreds of pro-Zuma supporters were gathered, a celebratory atmosphere prevailed. The police minister, Fikile Mbalula, told the crowd. “We were inside [parliament], they said they’re going to topple the president. But with your support, we have defeated them inside. There are those who have been asking [us to vote with] our conscience. We’ve got political conscience to keep the ANC in power forever, and that is political conscience … The African National Congress will survive!”

While the ANC, Africa’s oldest liberation movement, and the president live to fight another day, there is little doubt that both are wounded by Tuesday’s proceedings. “ANC MPs were ordered to vote to retain President Zuma. It looks like at least 25, possibly as many as 30, willingly defied that order. This looks like the first big sign of a possible rebellion against him in the ANC,” said Stephen Grootes, a political analyst with Eyewitness News.

Zuma must also contend with a supreme court of appeal hearing on 15 September, which will decide whether to reinstate 783 criminal charges against him, including fraud, corruption and racketeering.

Via The Guardian

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Namibia, Elderly Woman 79 Years Old Dies After Being Tortured By Three Men

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A 79-year-old woman died yesterday after she and her husband were viciously attacked and tortured in their Swakopmund home by three men.

The couple were tied up, while the woman was hit in the face and choked.

The attack happened between 08:00 and 09:00 in Richthofen Street, Swakopmund.

One suspect has been arrested. By late yesterday afternoon the police were still on the hunt for two more suspects.

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According to a police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, three men forced their way into the house through the kitchen door.

Kanguatjivi said the men demanded safe keys from the woman, tied her up and choked her.

When the three suspects moved into another room, apparently looking for a safe, the woman’s husband came out and was knocked over the head. He was also tied up and assaulted.

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The three men fled and from what could be established nothing was stolen.

The woman was taken to hospital and later died from her injuries.

According to reports the husband identified one of the suspects as a former employee. This information led the police to the suspect’s house, where he was found washing his clothes and cleaning mud from his shoes.

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The shoes matched footprints found at the house.

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